Isn’t working from home great? You don’t have to worry about the 2-hour commute when it's raining outside. Or which suit to wear to work.
For a lot of the workforce today, remote work is the ideal way of working. It provides the stability of a full-time job along with the flexibility of working from anywhere in the world. You get to spend more time with your family, maintain a work life balance, and even work in your pyjamas if you like!
But before you throw all the formals out, you need to land a remote job.
Where Can You Find A Remote Job?
Ever come across a Facebook post or group that offers a work-from-home job at $90/hour? Well if you’re looking for a real remote job, these posts are something that you might want to avoid.Knowing where not to look is the first step for guiding you to the right track. Bottom line reports, there are roughly 60 "work from home" job scams online for each real opportunity.
When you’re desperate to bag a remote job, it is easier to fall into these traps. But here are a few suggestions that you could keep in mind when searching for remote jobs -
Ensure the Job Board or List is Legitimate
A coworker once told me that there is no good way to test whether a job list is legitimate. But in reality, there are more than a few. You just need to spot the red flags as they come.
One of the ways you could do this is to look up the company on the Better Business Bureau. You should also check the listed organization's official website and ensure they have proper contact details and other information. And don’t forget to Google around a bit to find out more!
Avoid general classified sites such as CraigsList as they do not really provide remote specific jobs. Their job lists are either part-time or the employees have to come into the office two day per week. To ensure that you land a great opportunity, you need to look at the right place.
There are over 100+ job boards that are specific to remote work and can help you in securing one . And we’ve curated a list of the best ones from the lot for you. Check out The Ultimate List of Remote Job Boards To Land A Remote Job Today!
Pro Tip - Why don’t you ask your current organization to let you work remotely? I know you must be thinking, “Yeah, Right!”. But if you make a great pitch, you might be able to work remotely with your current organization. Mention the benefits that your employer would enjoy if you go remote - higher productivity, lesser costs and higher employee satisfaction. You could also propose a remote work ‘trial period’ to ensure your current employer that you are able to efficiently work in a remote environment as well.
How To Land a Remote Job?
If you’ve been lucky enough to land a remote job interview in the first few tries or even luckier for your current boss agreed for a remote work trial period, then you might want to learn a thing or two about remote work before you make the jump.
Remote jobs are not even remotely close to how things work at a traditional office. When working in an office, you literally have everything and everyone that you need right beside you. But it won’t be the same when you work remotely.
Sure your coworker didn’t have a problem in a traditional office when you asked them a question every second. But if you do the same in a virtual environment, your coworker might not feel the same about it.
Remote Vs Traditional
The remote environment is entirely different in every aspect, be it how remote teams collaborate or how an individual remote worker plans their day. In fact, even remote hiring and on-boarding have defined processes that are unique to each remote organization, unlike the traditional office hiring and on-boarding.
For instance, when remote organizations are hiring new employees, they start their screening process right when they look at the resumes. It is essential for the candidates to draft their resume according to the type of job they are applying for. A glance at your resume is sufficient for the employer to understand that you might not fit their organizational culture. On the other hand, if you know How To Draft A Remote Job Resume That Gets You Hired, you would be smart enough to include qualities that make you an efficient remote worker.
In order to convince your employer that you are ready to work remotely, you need to sell yourself as the ideal remote worker that the company is looking for!
What Makes An Ideal Remote Employee
An ideal traditional employee would be one that punches in the machine at 9 AM and has the skills to get their job done. But an ideal remote worker needs to be a bit more versatile than that. Besides possessing good skills and knowledge about their field of job, they also need to be their own manager.
A remote worker keeps a track of their own work, sets their own working hours, assign their own tasks, and efficiently collaborate with the team. If you can convince your employer during the interview that you are capable of doing that, you instantly increase your chances of landing a remote job.
Not sure how to do that?
I know conveying your personality virtually can be difficult. But when you completely understand how things work in the virtual world, you’ll be able to better understand what makes an ideal remote worker and how you can nail your remote job interview.
Smoothly Transition To Remote Work
Maybe a decade ago, remote jobs were only limited to call centres and the tech industry, but today, there are way more opportunities than that. You could work remotely as a marketer, content writer, designer, human resource manager, and even an accountant.
Although most companies offering remote jobs aren’t always 100% remote, yet this makes the nature of remote jobs dynamic. If you compare a fully distributed team to a partially distributed one, you will notice that they have entirely different processes, culture, and guidelines.
This is why you should learn about the team members and their way of working before you join a new remote team, in order to smoothly transition to the remote environment.
- Unclutter the Chaos - Does a chaotic system work for you when managing projects? If yes, that’s great for you. But it might not be the same for the rest of your team. When working remotely, you need to stay completely transparent with your tasks and deadlines. Which means, any team member, at any point of the day, can have a look at your work progress and status. To collaborate well with the team, you need to have an organized system for all your plans, documents, resources, and strategies. If you don’t, you might be able to work just fine, but you won’t be able to collaborate with the team.
- Ask Questions - When a new hire joins our team, we encourage them to ask as many questions as they want. It might be a little exhaustive for the rest of the team for a week, but after that, the new hire has clarity on things and is able to efficiently work on their own. You need to make sure that you have resolved all your doubts in your first week so that you can efficiently start working as soon as possible.
- Actively Participate in Activities - Remote teams have various additional activities that help in keeping the team engaged. Participating in these helps you get to know the team better. They can also be a good way of beating the isolation that comes with remote work. Besides the culture-building activities, you should also stay involved and active in team meetings, brainstorming sessions or you could just be proposing new ideas to your manager.
- Have a Schedule - An ideal remote worker has a defined procedure for everything they do. Now I am not asking you to have defined guidelines for everything on your first day at your new remote job. But making a schedule for your day and sticking to it can really help you settle in the virtual environment.
Working remotely can be difficult for some workers in the beginning, especially new remote workers. When I started working remotely, I often found myself in a very similar situation. But having a mentor in my initial days really made the transition process much easier for me.
I understand that every remote organization might not provide each new hire with a mentor, which is why I can be one for you. In my three years of working remotely, I’ve learned that there are 6 Simple Steps That Can Help Any Remote Worker Smoothly Transition to Remote Work and tackle every challenge along the way.
Pro’s And Con’s Of Remote Work
Remote work does offer dozens of perks but doesn’t mean that it won’t bring a few challenges to your doorstep. Working in a remote environment has its own pros and cons. If you want to enjoy working remotely, you need to overcome these cons.
Pros of Working Remotely
- Greater flexibility
- Better work-life balance
- Location Independence
- Flexible work hours
- No long-office commutes
- Flexible workspace
- Higher Productivity
- Increased focus
- No micromanagement
- Better health
Cons of Working Remotely
- Cabin Fever
- Lack of communication
- No human interaction
- Delayed timelines
Every workplace has its own perks and challenges. But when it comes to remote work, the pros obviously outweigh the cons.
I agree, there are some significant challenges when working remotely. But with a little guidance, you can efficiently overcome all these challenges and thrive in a virtual team.
What do you think?
In a remote environment, you need to figure out what works best for you and stick to it. Just because a workflow process works great for another team member, doesn’t mean it will work great for you as well.
For instance, Nate Kontny on the Brightpod blog said, "I know this isn’t real common, but I’ve always been pretty good about working while watching television. It can’t be some really cerebral show that I’ve never seen before, but things like re-runs of Felicity or West Wing are perfect. The core of Draft was built while watching the entire season of West Wing over again at 1 AM."
Similarly, you need to figure out what boosts your productivity and replicate that in your work to achieve your goals.
Do you face the same challenges as we do? I think yes!
We’ve been efficiently handling these challenges but how do you do it in your team? Is there a better solution for it? Or do you follow a different process altogether to overcome the challenges?